Search for swimmer who disappeared off Dockweiler Beach turns into recovery operation

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Crews prepare to search for a swimmer who disappeared off Dockweiler Beach on Nov. 19, 2020. (Los Angeles County Lifeguards)

Crews prepare to search for a swimmer who disappeared off Dockweiler Beach on Nov. 19, 2020. (Los Angeles County Lifeguards)

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The search for a swimmer who disappeared off Dockweiler Beach Thursday gave way to a recovery operation after no one was found by Friday afternoon, officials said.

Dive crews had reentered the water Friday in search of the swimmer, who first reported missing about 3 p.m. Thursday, Los Angeles County Lifeguards stated in a tweet.

The hunt included aerial, land and subsurface searches.

An eight-member dive team, along with eight free divers, searched the waters until about 5 p.m. Thursday but were unable to find the swimmer.  

Although the divers left the water, lifeguards continued to patrol the shoreline through the evening.

Officials stated that divers resumed their search about 8 a.m. Friday.

The swimmer was described as a male adult by a L.A. County Lifeguards spokesperson John Zimpelman.

No further information on the swimmer has been released.

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